About Make Music

Privia Piano Bar, Make Music New York 2013
Make Music New York 2013. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty

Last year, over 700 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21st.

It all started 32 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in 103 different countries.

Learn more about Make Music in North America, the Make Music Alliance, and our Partners.

Make Music Cities


Make Music Boston
Make Music Boston 2014. Photo: Maria Finkelmeier

All Make Music concerts are free and open to the public.

As the solstice draws near, our website and mobile apps will help you find the music you’re looking for. Or just go outside on June 21 and follow your ears!

Sign up to be notified when concert listings are available.


Make Music New York 2007. Photo: Ethan Kent
Make Music New York 2007. Photo: Ethan Kent

Want to play? There’s always room in the band.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

Registration opens in early 2015. Sign up to be notified when registration begins.

Host a Concert

Make Music Madison
Make Music Madison 2014. Photo: Joe Engle

Do you live on planet earth? If so, chances are you can host musicians on June 21.

Concerts can take place almost anywhere – porches, storefronts, garages, gardens, parks, or on the sidewalk outside where you live. We make it easy for you to host your own band, or find great local musicians that fit your tastes.

Registration opens in early 2015. Sign up to be notified when registration begins.

Media Resources

Make Music Chicago
Make Music Chicago 2014. Photo: Rush Hour Concerts

Download the Make Music logo in a variety of styles and formats.


Make Music New York
Make Music New York 2014. Photo: Kris Connor/Getty

Help spread Make Music throughout the world — make a donation today!

Or send a check to:
Make Music Alliance Inc.
278 Saint James Pl #2
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Make Music Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Aaron Friedman at (646) 657-9709, or email aaron@makemusicday.org.

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